Malaysian PM calls Israel a “thief state”

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“Israel does not abide by international laws and continues the activities of occupation and settlement in the Palestinian territories,” Mahathir Mohamad was quoted by state television as saying on Saturday. “We cannot recognize Israel because of its occupation of Palestinian land.

The remarks coincide with a broad international rejection of US President Donald Trump’s statement about his intention to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights.